FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Veterans Administration Medical Inspectors have made 11 recommendations for improvement at the James A. Haley Hospital. The report is part an investigation into concerns about patient care and cleanliness into the facility after the family of Cape Coral soldier Cory Kent complained about the conditions in the hospital.
Corey Kent's stepfather Dan Ashby is pleased with the final report.
"At the beginning I think the hospital truly thought it was just an upset father, mother," said Ashby.
He first brought us these pictures last fall that show mold, hair and dirt around his step son Corey Kent's room. He believes those conditions and poor care at the facility caused a setback in Corey's recovery last fall.
Corey's family had him transferred back to Walter Reed where he has made big progress now walking on prosthetic legs.
The investigation into his stay at James A. Haley continued wrapping up this week with a final report.
Inspectors made 11 recommendations to James A. Haley Hospital addressing cleanliness and patient care.
They made two national recommendations to improve the transfer of polytraumic patients like Corey between facilities.
Ashby is glad to see things change.
"It was like it was forgotten. It was in its own little corner no one said anything no one came down here and looked and they just left it alone," said Ashby, "I don't think anything would have happened if wasn't for you and the media and Senator Nelson and the congresswoman from Tampa. They did their own inspection and seen first hand what we were talking about and put a little pressure on them. And that's what they needed a little nudge and I think we did that and it came out better for everybody."
The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital released this statement to WINK NEWS:
Our mission continues to provide top-notch health care to our Veterans and our active duty service members that we serve.
We appreciate the independent review by the Office of the Medical Inspector which conducted a site visit at the Medical Center on November 8-9, 2010. Based on its findings, the Office of the Medical Inspector made 11 recommendations for improvement.
A comprehensive action plan was developed to address these areas of concern. To date nine recommendations have been closed, with two substantially closed. The two recommendations that will remain ongoing are the continual training for VA staff and the aggressive staff recruitment plan to fill Environmental Management vacancies.
Statement from Senator Bill Nelson's office:
I’m pleased the medical inspector’s report found the hospital has made significant progress in addressing the complaints. Soldiers and veterans who seek treatment at James A. Haley Hospital and other VA facilities around the country deserve nothing less than the best medical care our nation can provide.